Water From Your Eyes' self-titled release perfectly bounces around its melodies.
Indie pop concerts have a long and too-often unsung history as dancefloors. The subtle shoulder bounce, small hops up and down, stealing every dance move from A Charlie Brown Christmas; these are staples for the bar show crowd. Though cities like Baltimore may hold a trump card on these indie pop outfits like Lower Dens, Sitcom, and Wye Oak, the newest self-titled EP from Water From Your Eyes makes a strong argument that Chicagoans have some moves as well. Whereas a band like Shopping turns DIY dancing into an act of revolt, Water From Your Eyes mold it much more into a space of comfort and consistency.
The record starts with the classic “1 2 3 4” count-off and for its entirety sticks to the confines of those walls, though it does deck them up quite a bit. Right off the bat with the highlight “I am Barely a Shadow,” the catchy bass line and gleaming synths reflect a sense of smart and intriguing songwriting similar to the earliest aforementioned Lower Dens releases. Vocalist Rachel Brown’s echoing drawl seems to bounce in and around the melodies perfectly, capturing a sense of melancholy on top of the bobbing repetitions behind her. All the while the energy of the drum line and small bursts of guitar keep the momentum and the movement fresh and loose across the tape. The undeniable chemistry between the duo’s approach to the scaffolding of minimalist pop songwriting never ceases throughout the six tracks. As Brown croons about feeling lost in the city, struggling with a sense of purpose, and being scared of social settings, it’s easy to see how Water From Your Eyes fits into the bedroom pop scene that has carved its way into public attention so drastically over the past few years. But if their output continues to be as consistent and compelling as this small collection of songs, there’s no telling how much promise they could bring to the table.
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